My year as Research Lead

At the end of this academic year I leave for pastures new. However, I didn’t want to go without summarising my key findings of my short stint as research lead. It has been a real eye-opener, both in terms of the research itself but also with regards to how it is received in schools. So here’s my top 3 takeaways:  […]

Posted on 17 July 2018
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Insights gained from mapping a familiar unit

Inspired by my son’s unexpectedly long nap and @Mr_Raichura’s invitation to think of the story-telling power of curriculum (Raichura, 2018), I decided to revisit a well-known and much-loved unit. I have lurked quietly on Twitter over the last few months, finding many thought-provoking things and I wanted to see if I could bring some of them together into a unit map. Bob Worley introduced me to Johnstone’s triangle  and other wonderful insights into teaching chemistry. Niki Kaiser got me thinking about threshold concepts (Kaiser, 2018). @throughthethresintroduced me to Tier 1, 2 and 3 vocabulary (Vincent, 2018). Rosalind Walker discussed the distinction between declarative and procedural knowledge and how to use this to decide what practice to give to students (Walker, 2018a). […]

Posted on 1 July 2018
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Implementation and Evaluation, with Stuart Kime

Sir Kevan Collins, CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation recently argued that “If you’re not using evidence to inform your decisions, you must be using prejudice.” But how do you know which evidence to use in your context? How can you evaluate its impact? And how can you ensure that it is embedded within your school in a sustainable way? […]

Posted on 27 June 2018
Posted in: Events, Training/CPD

Leading Learning – three day CPD training

We're delighted to announce that we will be repeating our very successful Leading Learning course for 2018-19. […]

Posted on 25 June 2018
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Improving communication, language and literacy in the early years

Eileen Allpress, Director of Ipswich Research School, introduces the EEF's Preparing for Literacy guidance report and explains how this evidence is brought to life at Highfield Nursery School and Children’s Centre. […]

Posted on 15 June 2018
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New guidance on preparing for literacy

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published its latest guidance report, Preparing for Literacy, which reviews the best available research to offer early years professionals practical “do’s and don’ts” to make sure all children start school with the foundations they need to read and write well. […]

Posted on 15 June 2018
Posted in: Evidence